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Campaign 2012

Giuliani Praises Romney -- But Touts His 'Far Superior' Record

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday reiterated his support for Mitt Romney, but Giuliani reiterated something else: His habit of unusual language to express his support.

When asked on CNN's State of the Union about his past criticisms of Romney, Giuliani couldn't resist comparing his own past record as a legislator to Romney's, saying there was a "certain amount of personal ego" in doing so.


"Maybe it was circumstances or whatever, but I had massive reductions in unemployment," Giuliani added. "He had a reduction in unemployment of about 8,10 percent — I think it was 15 percent. I had a reduction of unemployment of 50 percent. He had a growth of jobs of about 40,000; we had a growth of jobs of about 500,000. So I was comparing what I thought was my far superior record to his otherwise decent record. ... That's all part of campaigning."

Giuliani also brought up one of Romney's most widely criticized attributes -- the former Massachusetts governor's perceived inability to connect with voters -- in stressing that Romney should just be himself on the campaign trail.

"I think it's no secret that Governor Romney's problem during the primary was that idea of making a personal connection," he said. "It shows in the polls. And I think he's doing a much better job at it. And frankly, my advice to him would be, be yourself. I mean, if, in fact, you are a somewhat formal person, that's okay, be a formal person."


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